Irish Breakfast

A very rich, round texture with a kick to see you through the day.
Steeping Time Steep: 4-6 Minutes
Amount: 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Steeping Temperature Water Temp: 212° F
Medium CaffeineMedium
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Per capita, Irish consumption of tea is amongst the highest in the world. The Irish prefer a full bodied cup of tea that if brewed long enough one could almost stand their spoon upright. The strength is achieved by buying the best teas available from seasonal production periods in Assam and Kenya. This means that the Assam teas are from the second flush period during June, and the Kenyas are from February and August growth. 2nd flush Assams give a deep malty astringency and the best make your mouth feel dry they are so astringent. This astringency leads to a malty character that is almost so thick you feel like you could chew it.

The seasonal Kenyas have a golden coppery color with an almost floral note that give a complex depth to the tea. Furthermore, you will see that the grade is CTC - cut, torn curled. The green leaf whilst it is being processed passes through a machine the cuts, tears and then curls the leaves into tiny balls. This 'mash' ferments very quickly after which firing takes place to 'lock-in' the flavor. These tiny tea balls when infused release their full flavor, more so than whole leaf tea. The reason is that there is more surface area on the tiny balls which can infuse as compared to the whole leaf tea. This is how the Irish like their tea!

Regarding the addition of milk, there is the age old argument of when to add the milk to the cup -before you add the tea or after. Milk-firsters argue that adding milk last scalds the milk noticeably and therefore the milk should be warmed slowly with the addition of tea. Milk-lasters argue that adding milk after the tea has been poured is the only way of judging the proper amount of milk to add by watching the color of the tea change. Non users of milk regard the whole issue as silly.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Tin Weight (ounces) No
Ingredients Black tea from India and Kenya
Steep Temperature 212° F
Steep Time 4-6 Minutes
Caffeine Level Medium Caffeine
Amount Tea 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Multiple Infusion? No
Tea Attributes No
Choose Color No


Customer Reviews (6)

The Perfect Way to Start Your DayReview by Claire
I love a tea with a strong flavor, and this never disappoints! It's my "need to wake up and get to work" tea as well as my "ah, it's the weekend and time to relax with a cuppa while I watch the birds" tea. I moved far from the Capital Region but have never found another tea nor another tea seller that can come anywhere near the Whistling Kettle's Irish Breakfast. (Posted on 7/29/2017)
I’ll be ordering this again!Review by Elf
I’m a big fan of Irish Breakfast Tea, so I was very pleased to receive this as my free Mystery Sample in my recent order. It’s a lovely, hearty cup; the leaves look like the CTC process and that always makes for a quick steep with deep flavor. I used two teaspoons to a 12-ounce mug, a bit of sugar and milk, and enjoyed a wonderful morning eye-opener--strong and hearty, but not bitter or harsh. This is definitely one to re-order in a larger quantity.
(Posted on 6/7/2017)
Myv "go-to" teaReview by Sue
I love a wide variety of teas but this is far and away my favorite. It is the only way for me to start the day. A little honey and milk and I am good to go although my favorite time is when I'm not "going" and I can sit with a great big mug of this tea and simply enjoy everything about it. (Posted on 12/12/2016)
My reviewReview by Aaron F
This tea is strong and malty, and it has a great taste to it. It also jolts me awake in the morning, so there must be a lot of caffeine in it! (Posted on 5/10/2016)
DelightfulReview by Danielle
This tea is a great (not too strong) cup of tea with the versatility to taste great with cream and/or sugar in it. (Posted on 3/29/2016)
simply perfect cup of teaReview by Jei
This is the one tea that I can drink every single day and never get sick of. It's strong without being bitter and it tastes great no matter what you put in it (if anything). I walk around in a fog if I don't get a tall cup of Irish Breakfast in the morning, and this one in particular has a good kick to it. (Posted on 4/14/2014)

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